Google bar’s updated look
The Google bar, which runs across the top of the browser of nearly all Google services and offers easy access to Google’s products, has recently updated its look for a more consistent, streamlined user experience and increased visibility of the most popular services.
Above each of Google’s products, the gray bar has three main regions. On the left, the Google logo contains a drop-down menu with links to Google services that displays when you hover over or click on it. The central area contains a search box for the Google service you are currently using. The right side features a share box and notifications to participate on Google+ from any Google page.
Even if you are not signed in to your Google account, you can still navigate to Google’s services through the drop-down menu displayed under Google’s logo.
When visiting the Google homepage, the Google bar’s product menu may be expanded, displaying top Google products. Click the “More” section to reach additional properties.
To sign out, switch accounts or manage your account, click your picture on the upper right hand side and select the appropriate action.
The Google bar’s notifications icon displays the number of alerts on your Google+ account, which can show you new people who added you to a circle, activity on your stream, or posts shared directly with you. You can view these notifications by clicking on the number in the red box.
You can share to your circles on Google+ from the Google bar, no matter what Google property you are using.
Have a great idea to share? Just write it in the share box, select the circles you’d like to share with, and post. The icons at the bottom of the box can be used to add photos, videos, links, or share your location.